February 24th, 2009
05:20 AM ET
10 years ago

McCain presses Obama on pricey helicopters

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(CNN) - President Obama said Monday he’s pretty happy with helicopter he has - though the new commander-in-chief joked he's never had one to compare it to.

During a fiscal summit at the White House Monday, Arizona Sen. John McCain - Obama's former rival for the White House - pressed the new president on the Defense Department's plan to overhaul the fleet of 28 Marine One helicopters, a process that began early in the Bush administration.

Watch: 'I've never had a helicopter before,' Obama says

The price tag for the new helicopters has been estimated at over $11 billion, more than the cost of Air Force One - a cost that Obama said appeared unnecessary.

"The helicopter I have now seems perfectly adequate to me," Obama responded to laughter. "Of course, I've never had a helicopter before.

"You know? Maybe - maybe I've been deprived and i didn't know it. But I think it is a - an example of the procurement process gone amok and we're going to have to fix it."

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soundoff (328 Responses)
  1. Otto

    Oh these Republicans, or better yet; oh these evil people! As long as it's Geroge Bush and his best friend Dick Cheney, it is alright.

    As long as America is spending a trillion dollars in Iraq; it is alright. As long as Americans are dying for an evil war in Iraq and their leaders are gaining millions as kick back; it is alright!

    Right repukes? You are a-okay as long as you are the ones gaining and spending tax payers dollars in an ungodly way...right?

    February 23, 2009 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  2. Kevin

    McCain would have more credibility if he spoke out against this issue when Bush was in office and before he decided to run for President. I have faith President Obama will make the proper decision.

    February 23, 2009 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  3. jay S.

    No Bias? Then print my post, I have sent my posts to other media sites showing them how biased you guys really are.

    February 23, 2009 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
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